International Newsletter EUROSOLAR March 2018

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March 2018

Dear friends of EUROSOLAR,

Welcome to our English Newsletter which will be published on a regular basis from now on. We will provide you with a selection of the latest news and comments on the political debate about the energy transition in Germany, Europe and beyond. Our focus lies on everything supporting a fast, consequent and decentralized energy transition in the power, heat and mobility markets. Besides, our newsletter will contain information about all our current events and activities.

EUROSOLAR is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to the cause of completely substituting nuclear and fossil energy with renewable energy from all relevant sources like solar, wind, water, biomass and geothermal. Our aim is to preserve the global natural resources and enable a sustainable solar economy. We are acting independently from any kind of interest groups, governments or companies to change conventional political priorities and common infrastructures in favor of renewable energy.

Therefore we would be delighted if you joined us as a member, either in one of our independent national sections, or, as a free European Member, at EUROSOLAR itself. Please find all necessary information here.

We hope you enjoy reading,

The EUROSOLAR team

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News Activities

International Renewable Energy Storage Conference

The European Association for Renewable Energy EUROSOLAR and the World Council for Renewable Energy WCRE will organize its 12th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES 2018) on March 13-15, 2018 together with Energy Storage Europe (ESE) Conference and Exhibition at Messe Düsseldorf, Germany. The conference is based on two thematic foci: the scientific research on storage technology, legal frameworks, network and market aspects (IRES) and the business and finance aspects for the rollout of these technologies to the global market (ESE).

IRES aims to promote a cohesive overview of the global storage technologies that can enable the complete transition to a decentralized renewable energy system. The focus of the conference is expanded beyond just the current state of specific technologies to include case studies, applications, country scenarios and comprehensive trends.

The conference is accompanied by the largest B2B exhibition on storage technologies. The close proximity of the conference to the exhibition guarantees the opportunity for scientists and entrepreneurs to meet and discuss the recent developments of the newest technologies.

You’ll find further information as well as the program here.

Tickets are available in our Ticketshop.

IRENEC 07 – 10 May 2018 in Istanbul

IRENEC 2018 the 8th International 100 % Renewable Energy Conference will be held from 7 to 10 May in Istanbul, Turkey. EUROSOLAR Turkey, the Turkish Section of European Association for Renewable Energies, in line with the vision of the Association, is organizing the every year event to set up an international platform to discuss the technical, economic, political aspects of transition to 100 % Renewable Energy and build the courses to realize this vision in industry, architecture, transportation, local communities and training.

For further information, program and registration visit the website.

Conference: Municipal Utilities with Renewable Energy

May 15 and 16, 2018 EUROSOLAR hosts the annually organized “Stadtwerke-Conference”. This year, in cooperation with N-ERGIE AG and ENERGIEregion Nürnberg e.V., the event will take place in Nürnberg (Germany). The content will be focused on opportunities and challenges of municipal utilities concerning the shift to a decentralized, intelligent and renewable energy system. The topics are regional distribution systems, convergence of energy markets, mobility concepts for the future, innovation in power generation and active participation of citizens. The conference will be held in German. More information on the website.

European Solar Prize – Call for applications now open

The European Solar Prize Award was established in 1994 by EUROSOLAR in cooperation with its national sections. It has since been awarded every year to towns and municipalities, communities, businesses, associations or organizations, architects, journalists and individuals for their extraordinary accomplishments and significant contributions to the use and expansion of renewable energy in Europe and beyond.

With the Solar Prize, EUROSOLAR recognizes outstanding commitment to renewable energy. The prize is given to make pioneers and leaders the focus of public attention all over Europe and to give fresh impetus to a renewable energy-based and decentralized energy turnaround. At the end of each year the award winners are celebrated at a festive gathering in different European countries.

The call for applications and proposals opened in February. Applications can be submitted in ten different categories. You may find all necessary information on our homepage.

News Sections

Our Danish friends from Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy are pleased to present a new activity of the “RE Future”, an initiative that intends to make Danish know-how on the green transition accessible to the entire world. By sharing and exchanging expertise and experiences, they want to contribute to accelerating and improving the transition to sustainable societies and communities around the globe. The 2018 edition of RE Future takes place from 15 to 18 May 2018 at the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy. For more information please visit www.folkecenterevents.net.

News Short Comments

Worse than coal: Industrial forest biomass is not a renewable energy source. The EU's January 2018 Directive on Renewable Energy requires serious adjustment: end all subsidies to non-renewable energy sources.

Forest biomass use for energy production is a disastrous practice that needs to be curtailed - it has not only gotten out of hand as an industrial activity and global trade but is also blinding citizens to how the carbon cycle works, notably how emissions intensive forest biomass is across its production chain, and how much it contributes to depleting forest sols, important for the management of greenhouse gas emissions.

The new EU Directive on Renewable Energy threatens to double energy from forest products, even beyond the EU's capacity to produce pellets and chips. The WCRE calls for excluding forest biomass from the list of Renewables: its CO2 emissions are even 80 % higher than those of coal - it is not climateneutral.

The following scientifc call is in keeping with what we are pushing: rapidly expanding solar, wind and sustainable water power to a full 100 % world-wide, while restoring our forests', wetlands', sea grass' and agriculture's ability to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere.

Professor Peter Droege, EUROSOLAR-President and General Chairman of the WCRE

Get more information here.

News short news

Over 100 global cities get the biggest share energy from renewables

The municipal movement for climate protection with renewable energies is gaining momentum worldwide. Clean Technica reports that there are already more than 100 cities worldwide, some of them large in size, which are already well on the way to 100 % renewable energies with more than 70 % green electricity supply. In addition to large cities in the industrialized nations, this includes a particularly large number of cities in developing and emerging countries. From Africa, capitals such as Nairobi (Kenya) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) are represented. More than 40 cities have already achieved a full supply of 100 % green electricity, such as Burlington (USA), Reykjavik and Basel. However, Germany, the alleged pioneer in climate protection, is not represented with a single city on the list. The non-profit organization Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) helps cities, states, and companies measure their carbon impact and takes steps to reduce it.

Get more information here.

And more reading recommendations on renewable energies:

Natural gas killed coal – now renewables and batteries are taking over. (The Guardian)

In 2016, the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy reached 17% in the European Union (EU). (Eurostat)

Inspired by the mechanics of the human heart, a new type of wave energy conversion system developed in Sweden undergoes testing in the North Atlantic. (Renewable Energy Magazine)

The UK National Grid is planning to support the installation and development of ultra-rapid, directly connected EV charging points along the U.K.’s major motorways. (PV Magazine)

The Danish wind turbine producer Vestas to explore further development of hybrid renewable energy plants that combine wind, solar and battery storage at single location as wind growth rates ease in face of market consolidation. (PV Magazine)

UK insurer Aviva is accused of undermining international efforts to fight climate change by pouring £370m into Polish coal industry. (The Guardian)

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